The Real and Imagined West (Yale University Press, $45)

art-of-the-american-frontierArt of the American Frontier: From the Buffalo Bill Center of the West (Yale University Press, $45) accompanies a major exhibition of paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and Plains Indian artifacts running through April 13 at the High Museum in Atlanta.

Here’s a catalog you’ll want to own.  It’s clearly organized and handsomely illustrated with the masterpieces on loan from the permanent collection of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.  Succinct, scholarly essays by Mindy Besaw, Stephanie Mayer Heydt, Emma Hansen and others explore major themes in Western art and the enduring legacy of Plains Indian culture. Even if you’ve already visited Cody, this catalog, and the exhibition titled “Go West!,” will whet your appetite for more.

Brian W. Dippie, contributor to The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925

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